The importance of the parents are paramount in the upbringing of a child. Your children are always watching no matter what their age. Even as a grown adult with children of my own, I still watch and learn from my parents. Children are told;
Listen, my child, to what your father teaches you. Don’t neglect your mother’s teaching. What you learn from them will crown you with grace and clothe you with honor. -Proverbs 1:8,9
What are the children learning when they watch their parents? The learn values, morals and priorities by observing how their parents act and react every day. I look at my children and see mini-me’s in them every day. In their mannerisms, in their actions and reactions, in the way they carry themselves everyday — it’s all reflective of and a combination of both their parents. It’s quite humbling and a bit scary that you are on display each and every day. They will learn how to deal in relationships, handle conflict or trials, work ethic, sense of humor….they learn so much.
They also learn how to honor God. Do you have a deep reverence and dependence on God? Your children will pick up on those attitudes. Let them see you worship, let them see you read your Bible. Let them see you pray….all these things help shape their own attitudes towards God. Let them see what is important in your life and they will often share the same values.
Your children are watching your every move, whether you realize it or not. Take care to be sure they are learning the right things.
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